Spend Your Days In The Sunshiiiine

Well, today Sunshine was released on DVD. I thought I’d take this chance to just share some of my Sunshine memories (well the ones which come with photographs which I can more or less make public) from the past two years…

During filming at 3 Mills Studios, I carried my ‘office’ with me to and from work every single day. I looked like a techy bag lady.

One of my very favourite things was wandering around the sets which weren’t being filmed on. Here’s me sitting in the social area of the Icarus II, where Capa sits when he’s told he’s got to make *the* decision.

My Sunshine husbands were/are Damien…

…and Phil

They did the videos, I did the website. We sat next to each other, ate lunch with each other, made each other copious amounts of coffee, hung out together, stalked Danny together… the whole thing.

My actual husband was on-set regularly, too.

In between the moment Danny shouted ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, that is a wrap’ in December 2005 and the start of the post-production phase, there was the wrap party at which Benny Wong DJed.

The post-production phase went on and on and I didn’t see a single frame of the film until September 2006 – it started with a completely different character doing the voice over and was, in my memory, fairly different from the final film. Danny finished post in December 2006 and a couple days later was the first time the trailer was shown. This is Andrew Macdonald, on his Crackberry, in the screening room waiting to watch the trailer shown on a cinema screen for the first time.

Andrew is just the loveliest person in the world. I love him lots and lots and lots. And lots. He very kindly invited me to Moscow to the ‘Sunshine’ premiere. Here’s the two of us in Red Sq.

The Moscow Sunshine Boys…

Andrew, me, Brian and Danny all tarted up for the premiere.

Brian, Danny and Cillian (well, his back) ready to walk on stage.

And on stage…

I, of course, made a point of making sure my son met as many ‘Sunshine’ people as he could. He got Alex’s autograph though Andrew said he’d only sign a cheque… He also had a great time on set with Troy Garity (who was absolutely lovely with him)…

He got to meet Chris Evans…

…Cliff Curtis…

…Benedict Wong…

…and was a honorary Sunshine Boy for a day.

So now I’m finished with Sunshine… there’s not really anything left to do (whether or not LA will hire me for *their* DVD release remains to be seen…), so for the next wee bit I’m working on ’28 Weeks Later’… so you might want to get used to these.


6 Responses to “Spend Your Days In The Sunshiiiine”
  1. Penny says:

    Well, as the ‘Sunshine’ blog led to me reading your blog (the first blog I ever read), which led to me read *other* blogs, which got me reading the *BA’s* blog, which led to me rediscovering my love of physics (that due to ‘Sunshine’ also), which led to me becoming a member of BAUT and having a blast, ‘Sunshine’ has been very significant for me too. :)

    The first pic reminds me of me going to work–I carry WAY too much stuff.

    Only wish there had been more pix of Cillian in the entry.. **swoon** ;)

  2. giagia says:

    Ahhhh. I’ve got photos of Cillian… but he’s considerably more guarded about himself and his life than others and I need to respect that. :)

  3. Mike says:

    Thanks for the ride, Gia! LA are crazy if they don’t ask for your help.

  4. Amanda says:

    Sunshine’s been a huge part of my life– and I really don’t see that ending any time soon. I ordered my UK copy of the DVD, and got notified at about 4am that it’s been dispatched. I’m excited! It’s a film that’ll certainly stick with the people who watch it, but more than that, it’s led to meeting fantastic people and experiences that’ll never be forgotten. Vomit, I know, but it’s the truth anyway.

  5. giagia says:

    I agree, Sunshine won’t be out of my life soon, Amanda! And I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to have met so many wonderful people from all over the world through the film… I can’t imagine it happening again soon to be honest.

    Brian and I went out for dinner last night and I said, ‘Well, this is my last day working on Sunshine.’ and he said, ‘Oh. That’s really sad.’ … and I pouted for a bit. Boo… :(

  6. Brittany says:

    This post reminds me of *THE* London trip of all time. I’m so glad to have met someone like you (along with Amanda!). Sunshine will always be a part of me.

    Never change.